Mother of All Myths(1998)
How Society Moulds And Constrains Mothers
A non fiction book by Aminatta Forna
Motherhood has changed. For several decades there has been tension between traditional ideas and modern values of mothering. For years the trend was away from the constraints which bound down our own mothers and towards liberating women. But in the 1980s and 1990s the momentum has shifted into sharp reverse. This study documents the present backlash, examining responses in the media, the courts, the government, in medicine and through "pop" psychology, which reasserts an old-fashioned, conservative and narrow view of what a mother should be and do. In addition, the author explores the strong, highly idealized concept of motherhood that exists in the West, finding reflections of that image in history, in Christianity, in literature and in mythology.
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Used availability for Aminatta Forna's Mother of All Myths
July 1998 : UK Hardback
July 1999 : UK Paperback
August 1998 : USA Paperback
June 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition